The Bulloch County Board of Commissioners approved a schedule of fees for the review and inspection of right-of-way encroachments. With the expectation of continuing development in the unincorporated areas of county, the Board of Commissioners has taken recent action to protect the taxpayer’s investment in the public right-of ways, minimize unsafe conditions, and avoid unknown liabilities. This notice is to inform the public that it is unlawful (Article II, Section 11.5.26 of the County Code of Ordinances) without a permit issued by the county, to encroach upon the county maintained roads, right-of-ways and easements for the purpose of:
Excavating or altering the surface, shoulders or sides of any county road, street, sidewalk or other passage.
Installing or removing drainage structures that may negatively affect the drainage of a county road or passage.
Placing or erecting signs, poles, notices, warnings, or other obstructions or symbols designed or intended to discourage the use of such county road or passage.
Constructing or re-constructing a driveway for ingress and egress onto one’s property from a county road or passage.
Installing or maintaining public or private utilities (including water, gas, telecommunications, electricity or cable) that requires trenching, boring or drilling within the public way, except where an authorized franchise agreement states otherwise.
Except where the discretion of the County Engineer is allowed, encroachment permitting is required for all county maintained easements, roads, streets, highways and sidewalks in the unincorporated areas within the county, except private roads and those public easements and right-of-ways which are part of the state highway system, municipal street systems or off-street utility easements. Whenever any such violation occurs, the county may take necessary action to effect compliance.
Please contact the County Engineer, Kirk Tatum at 912.764.0127 for questions about this process.